Timing is everything.

Remember this cute little grey chest of drawers?  It’s been forever since I had any chests to put in my booth at Stars, so I was anxious to get this one painted and taken in.

Just DAYS after I had put it in my booth, I came across this adorable little SOLID OAK  hutch top /  cubby shelf, that looked like it would be a perfect fit to set atop the grey dresser.

I went to work on it as fast as I could.  Painting it in the same grey that I had used for the chest, and distressing it.  I was SO looking forward to pairing it with that grey chest!  Alas, when I went in the following week with the grey hutch top and some additional stock for my booths, the chest had SOLD!! Bitter sweet.  Happy for the sale, of course; but disappointed that I wasn’t able to display the two pieces together.  Lousy timing!

Here are a few other pieces that I’ve recently completed:

Off white oval three tiered night stand; painted pink and distressed.  This piece is available for purchase at Pink Door in Aurora, Oregon.

I had two of these child size chairs.  The seats were made of that white ‘dry erase board’ kind of wood, which as as you can see in the before photo, was slightly damaged.  While the damage did not affect the structural integrity of the chairs; my attempts to cosmetically repair them failed.  Pretty wrapping paper and Mod Podge to the rescue!  These have not yet been taken to either of my sales venues.

  The drawers to this cubby didn’t slide very well once I had re-painted it; so I set them aside for some other project.  Cubbies with the backing already on them are extremely time consuming to paint; hence, spray paint is my go to solution for such pieces.  A little hand sanding along the edges shabby it up a bit.  available to purchase in my booth at Stars.

Continuing with the grey color scheme on this small shelf and DVD rack.  available to purchase in my booth at Stars.

 This bar stool is BIG and sturdy.  It had a glossy finish on it to begin with, so I had to either prime it or sand it before re-painting it.  I opted for primer, which gave it an added dimension when I distressed it.  Some of the distressed areas show the white primer layer and others the original dark color.  I was very tempted to stencil something on the back, but I couldn’t quite decide what, and I really NEEDED furniture in my space, so I left it plain for now.   Available to purchase in my booth at Stars.

With two of the wicker drawers missing, I opted to just remove them all.  The cubby was in fairly rough shape, and since I had just painted the other cubby white, I decided to leave this one it’s original wood; just distressed it a bit.  It’s available to purchase in my booth at Stars.

The leopard print mannequin torso needed some ‘legs’.  I had a black wrought iron base and a tall curvy plant/candle stand.  Opted for the wrought iron base as the weight of it would make her stand steadier; and besides, her skirt pretty much covers the base.  I used nearly 100 yards of tulle to hand make her fluffy black skirt.  She is available for purchase at Pink Door in Aurora, Oregon.

A couple of smaller upcycled mannequins with fluffy tulle skirts; also available for purchase at Pink Door in Aurora, Oregon.

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I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for vintage gumball machines to make over and fill with ‘fun stuff’ like seashells, spools of thread, jingle bells . . . . etc.  NEVER imagined that I’d come across a silver plated one!?!?!  It really wasn’t even very tarnished and required minimal polishing.  Such a fancy gumball machine needed some fancy filling.  Acrylic gemstones to the rescue.  They look prettier in person.   Available for purchase at Pink Door in Aurora, Oregon.

Somehow I missed getting a ‘before’ picture of this one.  It was dark brown wood, that I sanded painted and sanded again to distress.  LOVE the little drawer and the ceramic rose drawer pull that I put on it.  This piece can be purchased at Stars in Portland.

Could hardly believe my good luck when I found this set of three suitcases . . . ALL of them had beautifully CLEAN innards!!  The color is difficult to tell in the photos, but it’s a very, very pale pink.  Each is priced individually; and available for purchase at Pink Door in Aurora, Oregon.

Just waiting for the weather to cool down a bit and the outside air to be ‘breathable’ so I can get LOTS more painting done.

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Recent finds

Went to an awesome estate sale last week and found some great stuff!

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I won’t even tease you by telling you how LITTLE I paid for all of this!!  But I WILL tell you about the great folks that put on the estate sale; Kathy’s Estate and Moving Sales.  Truly the nicest estate sale people you will EVER meet, and they have VERY reasonable prices.  Sign up for their email list to receive email notification with PICTURES of each of their sales.  If you are extremely ‘bargain minded’ as I am, be sure to go on the LAST DAY of the sale when all items priced under $50.00 are 50% off!

I can never resist a cute little vanity chair!  Be sure to check UNDER the seat to see if it has screws for easy removal and recovering.  That little wood stool might end up getting paired with the big cutting board to create a little side table.  I never pass up little wood step stools!

I have NO idea what I’m going to do with those two tall white floral arrangement stands, but they were too fabulous to leave behind!  That sweet little picnic basket came with a ‘pie shelf’.  It’s pretty rare to find them with their original pie shelf, which is super handy for not squashing your picnic food!  OOPS!!  I forgot to take the stuff that I had them pack inside the picnic basket out for the picture.  It was some vintage milk glass dishes.

Some other recent finds:  cute oval night stand, pair of kid’s chairs (another things I never pass up!) a basic and boring end table, a big sturdy bar stool and a solid oak cubby shelf with scalloped detail.

Set of three wood nesting tables, funky old spice rack, little (jewelry box size) chest of drawers, shelf/hutch with heart cut out (which will be done away with!) and wood crate with metal reinforced edges.

Cute little red end table I found on “Next Door’.  Vintage wig head with VERY elongated neck (because it was for long hair maybe?!?!  IDK!)  Leopard mannequin torso.  Wicker and nesting tables with wrought iron legs, and two cubby shelves with drawers, one with wicker and one with wood.  But I probably won’t keep the drawers with them when I sell them.)

Yes, I have been on a bit of a furniture buying spree.  Reason being that all of a sudden in the last two months I’ve sold a LOT of furniture from my booth at Stars, and I depleted my ‘back stock’ of replacement pieces when I restocked my booth.  NOW I just need a few ‘not so durn HOT’ weather days so I can get outside and paint, paint . . .PAINT!!

Oh my!  Just got another email from Kathy’s Estate sales and it looks like another great sale that I might HAVE to hit tomorrow!!

 

 

 

Those grubby child size chairs

P1130156Remember these two chairs??  Unfinished frames, but pretty ‘grimey’ from a LOT of use.

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And the SEATS were really scratched and marked up!  And made of some weird composite material.  Looked like dry erase board stuff on top of particle board, so SANDING to prep for painting was out, because it would probably do more harm then help.  THIS is when it’s preferable to PRIME instead of sand.

P1150001So I sanded the unfinished wood parts to get rid of the grime, and gave the seats TWO good coats of KILZ primer before painting.

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I distressed the edges of the chairs (but NOT the seat).  The headrest was just the right size to add a little stenciled word to.

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These sold before I even got them into my booth at Stars.  Had a customer looking for items in my booth, and I wasn’t going to have room to bring everything from my car.  Took her to my car to show them to her and she wanted them.  So I took them to the front desk to add to her pile of purchases.

Child size chairs

I CANNOT resist little chairs!  Tiny decorative ones to child size.  I WOULD collect them and have the decorative shelf that runs the length of two entire walls in our living room FILLED with them if I could!  Alas, I really AM trying to ‘pare done’ on the clutter at home.  although you’d NEVER guess that if you saw my craft room  . . .and the overflow thereof into the dining and living rooms!

So, I’ll just have to be content to ‘love them and let them go’ (to my booth at Stars!)   Found TWO of these little solid Maple cuties last week.

The seats were a bit worn, but the LEGS were in perfect shape.  I don’t know WHAT it is about child size chair legs and DOGS chewing them up, but the majority of little chairs like this that I come across have CHEWED UP LEGS.  (I’m assuming it is from a dog!)  

So I brought these 2 little cuties home and gave them a little TLC in the form of a good sanding; a coat of primer and then 2 coats of my ‘beachy blue’ paint!

I decided to NOT distress these two.  They are in my booth at Stars.

Michael is on vacation today and tomorrow, so I am excited to have him be able to come to Stars WITH me and bring a few BIG items that I can’t haul by myself; AND do a major re-vamping of BOTH of my booths this week.

Cutie patootie little child’s chairs

Found FOUR of these cute little SMALLER than child-size (more like TODDLER size!) chairs at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago.  HAD to grab up all four of them!

They were unfinished, but a little grimey, so I gave them a good sanding, a qucik, light coat of primer, then two good coats of white paint.  But we’re not done yet!

Had to do a little sanding to shabby them up a bit.  Hand sanding is VERY difficult (painful!) for me with my damaged spine, so I use my electric (orbital) sander even for the detail sanding like this.